Top positive review
Ellen Hopkins is an amazing author
Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2021
This book is a journey, the way Ellen Hopkins writes it makes it so much more enjoyable. The way she changes the formations of paragraphs depending on who’s perspective we’re reading through is so much fun. The three main characters are all enjoyable and have their fun individual characteristics. Watching Tony Vanessa and Connor interact with each other and the other patients and doctors is very entertaining and being able to look into each of their minds and see what and how all three of them think makes the book significantly more engaging. A wonderful book, pick it up and give it a read if you haven’t.
SPOILERS from here on out
What happens with Tony and Vanessa in my opinion, was fine. Tony had no sexual interaction that was consensual to that point in his life so he genuinely had no idea if he wanted to get into a relationship with a woman or not, and that’s where Vanessa came in. I was very happy to see those two be happy together, even though it could be a little cringeworthy at some points. What bothers me, and again spoilers don’t read this next part of you haven’t read the book. Is Connor’s death, the suddenness of it was portrayed really well, displaying how quickly a seemingly fine person can deteriorate into suicide with little to no warning, Connors death isn’t what I have a problem with, it’s Tony and Vanessas reaction to it. Although it was shown repeatedly that all three of them were unwell, I figured Tony and Vanessa would feel, or at least show, a little more grief, especially Tony. He had a little bit of a breakdown and got upset, but I feel like Tony’s breakdown should have been significantly more devastating that what is was. Still a wonderful book fully deserving of five stars.